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Where GAD is reviewed, analyzed, and connected. Hopefully.

  • “The Best Man to Die” by Ruth Rendell

    I’m not too sure, really, how popular or unpopular Ruth Rendell is with other GAD fans. I can understand that some may not like her post-GAD focuses on characterization and psychology. On the other hand, she made it clear on several occasions that she could write a very good whodunnit. Not every one of her […]

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  • “The Case of the Constant Suicides” by John Dickson Carr

    So, remember how I said that I had wanted to read this over Labor Day weekend? Yeah, well, that didn’t quite happen. I had to finish other non-mystery books and manage some new additions to my schedule, preventing my mystery-reading experience, but two weeks and a new British monarch later, I finally found the time […]

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  • “The Man Who Could Not Shudder” by John Dickson Carr

    One of the best things about mysteries is that they can act as a great form of escapism. In the kind of world we live in, this is a big plus. It’s what this book in essence did for me, because over the three days I read it I managed to get both indigestion and […]

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  • “(Inspector French and) The Sea Mystery” by Freeman Wills Crofts

    Coming off of The Grapes of Wrath (one of those Great American Novels which up to now I’ve put off for too long), I wanted something nice and simple to read as a refresher. It seemed like a perfect time to finally try Freeman Wills Crofts, the pioneer of the humdrum mystery and the police […]

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  • Short Story Review Dump #2 – Hoch-o-Mania

    After I read the Nick Velvet stories which I reviewed earlier, I found myself still in the mood for Edward D. Hoch’s stories. So I thought that I’d write a follow up to that short story review post with one that focuses solely on Hoch stories – and this time I’ll feature more than one […]

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  • Short Story Review Dump #1 – Merlini, Velvet, and Brand

    Although my heart will always belong to the mystery novel, I still enjoy the shorter form of crime fiction. Part of this may be that it is in the short form that I have contributed my only works of mystery fiction – juvenilia produced for grade school writing classes. My very first story was called […]

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  • “Death in Five Boxes” by Carter Dickson

    In my Hag’s Nook review last week, I lamented my lack of Carr readership in 2022 and promised to up those numbers by the year’s end. Well, I’ve already started toward that goal, which is why I’m back to Carr so soon. Well, not Carr but his very secret alter ego Carter Dickson, under which […]

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  • “Death and the Conjuror” by Tom Mead

    Whenever a new mystery book or author is flaunted about as “the next Agatha Christie” or a “locked-room mystery”, there are sirens in my brain which go off. Will this really be a cleverly-clued puzzle like the Golden Age authors we all venerate? There are modern authors who write bona fide impossible crimes, and modern […]

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  • “Hag’s Nook” by John Dickson Carr

    You don’t need to go back far to find the last John Dickson Carr I read and reviewed – it was The Problem of the Wire Cage, not even two months ago. But through my journey this year through previously-unread-by-me subgenres of crime fiction, I realized a harrowing fact: since January, I had only read […]

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  • “From Doon with Death” by Ruth Rendell

    I’m sure that this is a bit of a shocking choice considering just about everything else I’ve reviewed here so far. Sure, I’ve jumped around the genre before, but this is a far cry from Cool and Lam or Cornell Woolrich. What can I say, I guess I like to mix up my mystery choices […]

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